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The Round House

A Novel

by Louise Erdrich

The Round House
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2012, 336 pages
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    Sep 2013, 336 pages

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Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves.

Louise Erdrich's first book in a planned trilogy and a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Plague of Doves, considered the ways in which past trauma filters through generations. The Round House, the second installment, continues with her exploration of a North Dakotan Ojibwe community, this time revisiting Judge Antone Bazil Coutts and his family in a lively yet reflective narration by his thirteen-year old son, Joe. Set during the late spring and early summer of 1988, the novel raises worthy questions about legal jurisdiction, retribution, and loyalty, and features a crime as a catalyst for the plot.

When Joe's mother, Geraldine, is raped during the course of her work maintaining the reservation's tribal enrollment records, uncertainty as to whether the assault occurred on state or tribal land leads to complications, and underscores historic tensions over the question of Indian ...

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The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction in 2012.

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